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How to JOIN quilting block swaps Australia

Hello and thank you for visiting. This is a community group for all Australian quilters to join or just follow. Membership is FREE and you are partnered each month and we make each other a 12 inch quilt block based on our preferences which we swap. (12.5 inches raw edge to raw edge) The emphasis of the group is on friendship and sharing. To find out more or register to join email me on This purpose of this blog is to chat and showcase blocks and quilts made by members, kind of like a show and tell . Yours in stitching, Sue

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank you Sue .....

I have had such a mad crazy busy and yet fantastic month ... Have had been in and out of hospital for cancer checkups .. All good there .... Had toe surgery done and that went really really great .... Three of my children were here for 2 days ... With their partners and their children ... 12 kiddies in all .. That was the best 2 days ever even though I had to totally rearrange my home and have only now got it all back to where it should be ... my sewing room did not know what hit it ... it had little girls sleeping in there haha ..... And I only just got my home back I WIN your GIVEAWAY  .... My month could NOT have gotten any better ....

Thanks for all the work you do on the block swap ... I love my swaps and am looking forward to getting back into them in the October round ....
Here is a pic of the wonderful prize I recieved ... 3 gorgeous fat quarters ... a lovely little label panel and my oh so wonderful 12½ inch square ruler ...
 Seriously .. my month could not have been better ...

Thanks Sue ..

August Swap for Sue in Scotland

Here is a sneak peak of the block I made for Sue G .... who preferred to receive a star or log cabin block in tradition colours ..

I do hope you like it Sue ... I mailed it on Friday so it is on its way home now ....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Spring and September swaps

Hi Ladies

I know I am a bit late in posting this, but am about to send of the emails for the September swap partners. Its been a busy weekend with family commitments, but Spring is certainly in the air here with some beautiful weather.

Please remember to contact your swap partner as soon as you can to confirm details, before you go ahead and make their block.

Sadly this month we farewell quite a number of members that cant continue with the swaps,
so its good by to :
Alethea from New Zealand
Bobbie from Queensland
Sylvia from Canada
Angie from Kentucky
Julie from New South Wales
Leona from Florida
Gina from London and
Sandi from Florida

I dont normally do a farewell message, as its usually only one or two a month but with such a large group saying good bye I thought I would do this publically so we can all say farewell. 

We also welcome new members swapping with us for the first time,

Billy from Williamstown Victoria,
 (member of 6 inch and Christmas groups)
and Jane from Coffs Harbor NSW
Welcome ladies. 

Hopefully the departing ladies can return again in the future when life gives them some more time to swap.
Even with these losses we still have 47 members taking part this month with only one member sitting the swap out for the month.

if there is any of our new followers out there thinking of joining now is the time to email me as we cap the membership of group one at 50 (or so).  I have ladies on standby happy to do double swaps with new members as they join.

Happy sewing everyone, Quilted Hugs, Sue

Friday, August 26, 2011

Blocks for Cathy from Elizabeth & Terry

Morning swappers ;-)

I have finished off my block for August QBSA for Terry,
here is a sneak peek

Terry, your block will be in the mail on Friday.

I also realised I had not posted pics of blocks I have received for July & August

this gorgeous creation from Elizabeth - the photo does not do it justice

and this lovely block from Terry - I really like this block pattern ;-)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Crafty's Spool Block

Received this amazing Block from Crafty. Very, very happy with it, couldn't have asked for anything better! Great job and thank you very much.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

And the winner is...............

Congratulations to Bobbie from Towoomba in Qld.
Bobbie has been a member of the group, but had to put swapping on hold for awhile, but still remains a follower.  Hopefully Bobbie can rejoin the group again soon.

I am pleased to say that we surpassed 100 members, and as I write this we in fact have 114.  An amazing effort on all of the ladies that blogged about it and got the good word out.  The actual numbers were 27 new followers since I first blogged about trying to reach the target only a little over a week ago - AMAZING.

Bobbie, your 12 1/2 inch ruler, and some fat quarters will be posted to you on Monday, I will email you shortly to confirm your postal address.

Now, we have all these lovely new followers we want some new members.

We have four groups running that you can join, and they are all free and FUN.

Simply email me at to register to join.  Details on how the groups run are on a page bar at the top of the main blog.

You can join one of the 12 inch groups, the Christmas group or the 6 inch group.

Now that's done, its off to make some quilt blocks, quilted Hugs everyone, xx

Friday, August 19, 2011

my lovely block from Leena

my collection continues to grow, with this beautiful block from Leena!
thank you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

We have made it to 100= giveaway time

Thank you to everyone for visting my blog and becoming a follower.  At last count we were at 104  106
107 followers.  I will run the GIVE AWAY (see post below)  until the end of the week when I will draw and announce the winner to allow time for a few more people to join in.

I have a lot of new followers which is great, but come on ladies that are members, you can join in too and be eligable for the give away.  Just pop a post on your blog announcing this giveaway with a link  easy peasy.

I have been shopping today and have purchased the 12.5 inch square ruler as the main prize in my give away. I could not help but pick up one for me too

Sunday, August 14, 2011

lets reach 100- UPDATE- GIVE AWAY TIME !!

Hey !!
 I have just realised we are up to 87  88 91

to CELEBRATE when we get to

it will be
 the prize will be a 12 1/2 inch ruler plus a bundle of Fat Quarters
 (to enter you do not have have to be a member of QBSA- just a follower)

so if you visit this blog and read it,
PLEASE follow it too so you can be part of the celebrations.

So ladies..... get the word out there by popping a post on your blog and linking it to a comment on this one
easy peasy.  Only those Followers that link a post will be eligable for the draw

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Block for Tarnyia

Ann McGregor was my swap partner for June and this is the block I received from her during the week.
Check out the cherry fabric it is just gorgeous.
Thanks Annie Mac for my wonderful block and thank you for being a wonderful partner.
Luv Tarnyia xxx

August Teaser for Sandi

Sandi requested a tea cup related block, so here is a teaser. You will just have to wait til you get it in the mail to see the whole thing! I will post it this week.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Find us on Face book

Yes, we do have a facebook page.....

                                     I created this the same time I started the blog and group in April 2010, and completely forgot about it, and have not added or updated it in all that time.

This week, funnily enough I have had 3 likes on the page, so I have revamped it, added in a few more pictures and invited all Quilting block members to pay it a visit.

if you search for Quilting Block Swaps Australia it should come up.

Since posting this, I now have 8  10 12 likes on the page

Monday, August 8, 2011

June and July Blocks

This great block was made by Fiona ,thanks so much Fiona I love the block as well as the colors and fabric choices . I am sorry it has taken me so long to post this as this was a block for June but because of the postal strike in Canada it took a while getting her but I have had it since sometime in July but believe me that month was a complete wipe out for me .
Then I received this great block from Doris(no blog) for the July block and I also love her choices of fabrics and colors , so different from Fionas but equally as beautiful , Thanks so much Girls for these wonderful addition to my blocks . I will try to be more prompt in posting this month .

Starry eyed

My Californian star arrived today- its great Linda, thank you.  It makes the perfect centre block for my planned quilt.

 And here are all of my blue and white stars so far, as you can see I have been saving these in the 6 inch group as well.  I think I need to get one more red with a four patch centre to comlpete these - and then a few more little ones for the border.  Dont they look great !
I love the cherry reds and the bright blue. 

Leanne's August Log Cabin

I am off to Belgium to visit our son on Friday, so Leanne's block for August is finished early.

I am posting it tomorrow Leanne so watch out for the mailman!
Hope you like it.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Some More Inspiration

Sue reminded me of the lovely Selvage Blog site.....  I have also been collecting my selvages .... I am almost at the stage where I can make a small something with them......

A site I have only recently found and been enjoying... which has lots of blocks is 15 minutes play..... I love the blocks that have been made with scraps.....  There are a couple of block challenges if you like (I haven't built up the courage yet!) and some tutorials too...... 

I am thinking that when I have a collection of my Wonky Square Eye Spy I might ask for scrappy blocks like some of these??????

Victoria - who writes the blog has another called Bumble Beans which is from her business... she is obviously a very busy and inspirational quilter and teacher......  On this blog there is also links to block challenges and tutorials.

All the blogs I read are inspirational ... and I feel quite bad to highlight some rather than others... but I found these unique in creative ways to use up 'scraps' and small pieces which may otherwise be binned.....

Have a lovely weekend....


Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the selvidges that you trim off your quilting fabrics,

well take a look here for some amazing uses and inspiration

Since finding this blog I have been saving my selvidges to create something special one day.

Just thought you would like me to share this with you.

Do you have any interesting quilting blogs that you follow?  Feel free to pop the details of them on here with links so we can all be inspired by the array of talented quilters in this wonderful world of ours.

Hugs, Sue

Beautiful Block!

I received this beautiful Blazing Arrows block from our organizer, Sue!  I just love the beautiful shade of green she used to create this block.  Thank you so very much, Sue, and a big thank you for organizing this wonderful swap group :D

Linda G

Friday, August 5, 2011

August block for Gina

My August partner is Gina from London, She asked for a star in pastels, here is a little sneak peak. I hope she likes it.

July block from Helen

Today I received my July block from Helen. I love it!!!! Thank you Helen.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Off to the Post Office...

... tomorrow to post this block to my August swap partner.

A fabulous block

Huge thanks to Marie for sending me this wonderful block - I love it.

Look what was Waiting??

I have been away for a month's holiday and look what was waiting for me on my return.

My MAY block from Jolanda with some Green tea and a beautiful card to match my block.
Thank you so much Jolanda love it.
Jolanda was worried about the block but I think it  went for a trip around the world before coming to me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sue Stubbings of QBSW(2), Thank You.

Hi everyone, received this amazing Spool Block from Sue, and I must say that she really have an 'eye' for fabric co-ordination. I especially love the fabric used for the 'threads'. Thanks so much Sue. Great, great job. It is nice to be able to help out our 'sister-group'and even nicer when the 'results' are very rewarding.

Monday, August 1, 2011

June block from Heather

This is the lovely block I received from Heather, my June partner. It goes perfectly with my other blocks.
Thank you Heather!

Heather's July block

Heather received my block last week but, as I've been on vacation I only read her post today. Here's the block I sent her. A log Cabin in white and blue with a yellow center. Just as she requested.

Bobbie's block from Brenda ...

I forgot to post that I had received this beautiful block from my
July partner Brenda who lives in Ohio ....

I just love the black and whites ... those colours together are always so classy ...
and the red centre always sets it off beautifully

and Brenda also sent me a wee little block too ... it will go nicely with the others that I play with .

thank you so much Brenda ... I love my blocks ...

huge hugs ...